Police on high alert in Mfuleni
Cape Town law enforcement officials are monitoring the situation in Mfuleni, following violent protest action in the area on Thursday night.The protest resulted in a community hall being set a light, vehicles being stoned and the house of a councillor in the area being vandalised.The City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, JP Smith, says two people have been arrested for arson.
Smith says the community hall was completely destroyed during the unrest, and around a hundred protesters also vandalised three official vehicles. Law enforcers are stationed at the entry and exit points of the township and roads leading into the area remain closed.The community here are not happy about the fact that the African National Congress decided on their behalf to give them the person they don’t want
Meanwhile, the community of Bottlebrush in Chatsworth, south of Durban, are adamant that they will continue to protest if their demands regarding corruption, high unemployment and their current living conditions are not heard and met.Residents of the informal settlement blockaded numerous main roads with burning tyres and debris in Chatsworth and surrounding areas, including the Higgison Highway on Thursday morning.
A strong police presence ensured that calm was restored in the area.The Bottlebrush area which forms part of Ward 71, is currently run by the Democratic Alliance. However, the community’s unhappiness is with the African National Congress’s decision to nominate a candidate, who they claim is corrupt, for the coming local government elections.
According to a resident of the community Sifiso Manyala, ANC candidate Falakhe Mhlongo, does not deserve to run their ward.“The community here are not happy about the fact that the African National Congress decided on their behalf to give them the person they don’t want. The person they allege and they believe has been a waste in this community. So they decided that the region must come and listen to us, this person, we are sick and tired of him. He stopped development in this area that’s why you see in some areas there are shacks and in some areas there are RDP houses.”